Queeny Army (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

An evil dictator has taken over and kills the Dean of an influential university.  The dictator’s corrupt police force traps the female college students there, but they fight back and steal their weapons.  Join the resistance in this run and gun 2-D action platformer.  Queeny Army is available for PlayStation consoles, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

You can pick from one of eight female characters, but they all play the same.  Each characters’ storyline in the cutscenes is a bit different, but that’s about it.  You’ll run, jump, double jump, hop up walls like Mega Man X, and shoot enemies.  You can pick up all sorts of different guns and power-ups, like rapid fire, spread shots, arcing bombs, etc.  If you run out of energy you must start at the last checkpoint, but luckily you get unlimited tries.  At the end of the level you’ll fight a boss before moving onto the next stage.

There are a few problems here and there.  Play control feels a bit off, especially when jumping.  Your movements in the air feel too quick and without weight.  The story sections go on for far too long and feel unnecessary, so I ended up just skipping past them to get to the action.  This game is clearly imitating titles like Mega Man X and Metal Slug, but I’d rather just play those other games instead.  Queeny Army isn’t the worst run and gun game I’ve ever played, but I’ve certainly played better.

I have to add this game has some unintentional goofiness about it.  The bosses are all people who are three times the size of any other enemy you fight, but they just look like regular giant people with huge heads.  And I don’t know if they misspelled words just to imitate bad translations in old games, but every time you beat a stage, the text says ‘Mision Clear.”  At least the trophies are easy to get, with the hardest one being to die 18 times!

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Queeny Army is rated M for Mature with ESRB descriptors of Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, and Suggestive Themes.  None of this is in the moment to moment gameplay, as you just shoot down pixel people who just fall over when defeated.  All the other stuff is in the cutscenes only, but they were so boring and unneeded that I skipped through those.

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